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In Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain simply wrote about a boy and the river In doings so Twain presents the reader with his personal view of mankind whether he wants to or not Persons attempting to find a motive in this narrative will be prosecuted persons attempting to find a moral in it will be banished persons attempting to find a plot will be shot 2 Possibly by giving us this warning Twain admits to the existence of a clear motive morality and a strong plot in his masterpiece Nonetheless Huckleberry Finn through examples of hypocrisy greed violence and racism shows Twains pessimistic view of society and corruption of the human race as a whole To understand the pessimism of the book we must first understand Huck Huck is a character though whose eyes we see the ugly truth about mankind Huck is always on the run from people In the beginning we see him living a prim and proper life with the widow He is then abducted by his father and for a time is relieved to get out of the moral trappings of the town and live sloppily doing whatever he wanted to do It was kind of lazy and jolly laying off comfortable all day 24 After some time and being unable to endure the abuse of his father he runs away Huck is as dissatisfied by one extreme as he is by the next Huck chooses not to take sides on any matter but instead be indifferent towards it Huck avoids moral decision making throughout the book as much as possible In the end of the book Twain saves Hucks indifferent persona by bringing in Tom to make the decisions for him Some may argue that in saving Jim Huck saves
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